Aircraft of all kinds and aviation enthusiasts have started their annual gathering at EAA’s Airventure in Wisconsin.
David and I are yet to experience the avgeek insanity that is OshKosh (as it’s better known and the name of the place its held) but we thought we’d put up the best bits and pieces that we find over this very special time of the year.
Day 1 has got to be about “Janet”.
Janet is the world’s last flying T5 Fairey Gannet (sad face) and in August this year, she’ll be celebrating 60 years since her first flight as a prototype.
Janet’s first public outing was Farnborough in 1954 but she initially started life as a dual control T2.
In 1957, Janet was recalled, rebuilt and used as Fairey Aviation’s prototype new development. Janet had become a T5.
She was sold to the Indonesian Military (but remained in the UK), was reacquired by the British Government where Janet became XT752 until finally the need to restore a Swordfish (pfft!) saw her sent across seas to a new home in the States.
Janet spent some time in climate control before returning to the U.S skies in 2013 and because of this – we salute you XT752!!!